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Lemma, Don.

Saskatoon. Western Producer Prairie Books, c1984. 142pp, paper, $10.95, ISBN 0-88833-148-7. CIP

Grades 7-10
Reviewed by Barbara Conquest

Volume 13 Number 4
1985 July

Eight-year-old Bobby, six-year-old Pat, and their mother receive a surprise when their father and husband returns from the war in 1945. The just-demobilized soldier, a policeman before the war, has decided he and his family will buy a section of land near Red Deer and earn their living farming.

Bobby and Pat, town boys, find a few surprises awaiting them when they move into their new home. There is no electricity, an outdoor toilet, and no running water, but being adventurous, they soon decide the advantages of country life outweigh these minor problems.

A series of encounters with odd characters like the hermit who had been a close companion of Lawrence of Arabia in the desert, the over-refined minister Mr. Hittie, the displaced English flower lady and the pie-stealing vagrant they call Mr. Lucifer leave the reader chuckling, if not laughing aloud.

Well-delineated characters and an authentic feel for the country and time about which Lemma writes make this a worthwhile addition to young people's Canadian fiction.

Barbara Conquest, D.S. MacKenzie J.H.S., Edmonton, Alta.
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